Westfield's Dental Department

Posts for: December, 2016

By Kenneth Krause, DMD
December 30, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental injuries  

From birth to young adulthood, your child's teeth gums and other mouth structures steadily grow and mature. Sometimes, though, problems arise and get in the way of their oral health. It's important we detect when that happens and take action.

We can sort these potential problems into three broad categories: developmental, disease and injury. The first category includes such problems during their childhood years as teeth erupting out of position or the jaws growing improperly and becoming abnormally long, short, wide or narrow.

The possibility of developmental problems is a primary reason for regular dental visits, beginning around your child's first birthday. If we can detect a growing problem early, we may be able to minimize or even reverse its impact to your child's oral health.

Regular dental care also helps control disease, particularly tooth decay and cavity formation. Our primary aim is to treat decay, even in primary (baby) teeth: losing a primary tooth to decay could adversely affect the incoming permanent tooth's jaw position. Besides treatment, we can also help prevent decay with topical fluoride treatments (to strengthen enamel) and sealants.

Although not as common as disease, dental problems due to injury still occur all too frequently. Blows to the mouth can chip teeth, loosen them or even knock them out. For any type of visible tooth injury you should visit us or an emergency room immediately — time is of the essence especially to save a knocked out tooth. Be sure you recover and bring any knocked out teeth or chip fragments.

We can also help you on the injury prevention front as well. For example, if your child participates in contact sports or similar activities, we can fashion a custom-fitted mouth guard to protect their teeth and soft tissues.

Keeping a vigilant eye for these potential problems will help ensure your child's future oral health is the best it can be. The sooner these problems are detected, the better and less costly their outcome.

If you would like more information on caring for your child's teeth and gums, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Kenneth Krause, DMD
December 15, 2016
Category: Oral Health

If you have anxiety surrounding the dentist then it’s time to find out how sedation dentistry could help you.

We know that for many people the idea of going to visit the dentist isn’t really a day at the beach. Of course, these routine visits are dental anxietynecessary if you want to get a clean bill of health from our Westfield, IN dentists, Drs. Kenneth and Katie Krause. But sometimes your dental anxiety can be so bad that it can actually prevent you from getting the care your smile needs. This is where sedation dentistry comes in.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation is something that our Westfield general dentists have been using for a while to help patients overcome their dental fears and relax during their next dental procedure so that they can get the proper care their teeth and/or gums need to be healthy. Sedation is administered, often through inhalation or by taking a prescription medication, to help the anxiety-riddled patient achieve a relaxed state while in the dentist’s chair.

What are the benefits to getting sedation dentistry?

Just from what we’ve told you already you may have been able to figure out the benefits for yourself. Here are some of the advantages to choosing sedation dentistry in Westfield:

A painless procedure: Sedation dentistry makes it possible for our patients to undergo the treatments they need while also remaining calm and relaxed. Through nitrous oxide inhalation (also known as “laughing gas”) or anti-anxiety medication, we make it easier for patients to get through their dental procedure without fear of pain.

You’ll stay relaxed: We will decide which form of sedation is right for you but one thing is for certain: whatever form we choose together will help keep you stress-free during your procedure. This is also a major benefit for patients who find it challenging or even uncomfortable to sit in a dental chair for long periods of time due to certain health conditions like ADHD or neck problems.

More efficient treatment: Some treatments may take longer than expected if the patient is stressed out or moving around too much, but sedation dentistry can make it easier to stay calm and to remain in one position without feeling stressed, uncomfortable or anxious. This ultimately means that we will get your treatment done more efficiently.

Don’t let dental fears dictate whether you get the proper professional dental care you need to keep your smile healthy. The dental experts at Krause Dental in Westfield, IN are here to make sure that trips to the dentist are a breeze.

By Kenneth Krause, DMD
December 15, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Everyone knows that in the game of football, quarterbacks are looked up to as team leaders. That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene.

First, at the 2016 season opener against the Broncos, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was spotted on the bench; in his hands was a strand of dental floss. In between plays, the 2105 MVP was observed giving his hard-to-reach tooth surfaces a good cleaning with the floss.

Later, Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was seen on the sideline of a game against the 49ers — with a bottle of mouthwash. Taylor took a swig, swished it around his mouth for a minute, and spit it out. Was he trying to make his breath fresher in the huddle when he called out plays?

Maybe… but in fact, a good mouthrinse can be much more than a short-lived breath freshener.

Cosmetic rinses can leave your breath with a minty taste or pleasant smell — but the sensation is only temporary. And while there's nothing wrong with having good-smelling breath, using a cosmetic mouthwash doesn't improve your oral hygiene — in fact, it can actually mask odors that may indicate a problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease.

Using a therapeutic mouthrinse, however, can actually enhance your oral health. Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel. Others contain antibacterial ingredients; these can help control the harmful oral bacteria found in plaque — the sticky film that can build up on your teeth in between cleanings. Some antibacterial mouthrinses are available over-the-counter, while others are prescription-only. When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health.

So why did Taylor rinse? His coach Rex Ryan later explained that he was cleaning out his mouth after a hard hit, which may have caused some bleeding. Ryan also noted, “He [Taylor] does have the best smelling breath in the league for any quarterback.” The coach didn't explain how he knows that — but never mind. The takeaway is that a cosmetic rinse may be OK for a quick fix — but when it comes to good oral hygiene, using a therapeutic mouthrinse as a part of your daily routine (along with flossing and brushing) can really step up your game.

If you would like more information about mouthrinses and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule a consultation.